NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Who will be the most important player for the U.S. in Saturday night's massive grudge match against Mexico? There's goalkeeper Brad Guzan, who'll probably be called on to make at least one game-changing save. There's Clint Dempsey, still far and away the squad's deadliest scoring threat. Or maybe it will be Michael Bradley, the national team's captain and its beating heart.
For U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann, the correct answer might just be Kyle Beckerman.
When Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore took the field for the United States against Ghana at the 2014 World Cup, the expectation was the duo would get the goals needed to help the Americans navigate out of a daunting group that also included Portugal and Germany.
Fifteen months later, with a massive game against Mexico looming, the expectations are the same. The pair will be counted on to provide the bulk of the scoring, and they'll also need to do plenty of little things well. Dempsey is expected...